Shy Nature are a rock band from London, who emerged in 2013 after sharing ‘Deadly Sin’. The track received immediate support from BBC Radio 1 and influential music magazine DIY, who called it a “flurry of starry-eyed guitars and wild-eyed choruses”. A debut EP and 2014 single ‘Lie Back’ followed, earning more BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music airplay and prompting The Guardian to write “at their best, Shy Nature’s songs are at that level beyond exuberant: exultant”.
With NME stating “live they’re much more raw”, the band’s reputation for translating the energy of their records to the stage continued to grow: leading to festival appearances at Field Day London and BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Their second EP ‘Birthday Club’, praised by Clash for its “patiently anthemic songwriting”, was released in late 2014 and supported by a place on the first DIY Presents UK tour, before the band retreated to the studio to work on a first full length. An extended period of writing and recording followed, broken up by a series of late 2015 support dates with Idlewild where they tried out new material.
‘Eyes So Cold’ provides a taste of what Shy Nature have been working on: a persistent, chiming guitar rings throughout with moody, rumbling verses that open up into an expansive chorus of the kind the band are known for. Heavily layered vocals turn singer William Blackaby’s normally delicate delivery into something much more forceful. The track is accompanied by a lyric video composed from their time in the studio, with further details about the album from which it is taken set to follow before the end of the year.
‘Eyes So Cold’ is streaming from Thursday 6 October, and will be available for free download via Bandcamp on Friday 18 November 2016 – or immediately by subscribing to the band’s newsletter. To mark the release, Shy Nature play a free entry live show at The Lock Tavern in London on Wednesday 23 November 2016.
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